Beomeosa Temple. Take a look at the spectacular Gwangan Bridge. It was difficult to photograph the bridge from the bus but I hope it gives you some idea of what it is like. Beomeosa Temple is a working temple and while we were there many of the smaller temples were holding services. The temple on the slopes of Mt. Geumjeongsan was so colourful and beautifully decorated I took heaps of photos so you are just getting a few.
Bus trip to Lake Towado which is a very deep double caldera lake of an active volcano that last erupted in 915AD . Our guide told us there is only one other double caldera lake in the world and that is in the USA Here are some pretty pictures from our cruise around the lake. Shame about the lack of blue skies in most of my photos. Most of the trip was overcast. Went on the ropeway that carries up […]
The Seikan Railway Tunnel was opened in 1988 connecting Honshu & Hokkaido. The tunnel runs 240 metres below the Tsugau Straight and 100 metres below the seabed and is 53.85 km long. We went through the tunnel a few years ago. Next stop was the Sumo Origins Museum where some of the boys got to try on the Mawashi (sumo belt) Sumo ring (dohya) at the Sumo Shrine As a woman this is one of a few dohya […]
Next port – Korsakov Russia. A 7am start on a “rustic bus” Next stop was the “Ice Palace” for a pit stop and a bit of souvenir shopping A tour in Russia would not be complete without a trip to a military memorial – Victory Square and Square of Glory complete with massive statues and tanks. I liked the love locks on the fences Next the Sakhalin Regional Museum. Korsakov was ruled by Japan at one time so this […]
On tour to Kushiro Shitsugen National Park to row canoes through the wetlands. Very pleasant way to spend the day. A huge pod of Dolphins entertained us soon after leaving Kushiro. Next day was at sea – scenic cruising.